Monthly Archives: November 2011

East Boston falls in playoffs

East Boston’s season ended in a Division 4A playoff in Franklin last night after Blue Hills beat the Jets, 25-22, with a late field goal.

Here is the Globe’s story.

Here is the Herald’s story.

 

 

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Edwards Middle School wins city title

The following is a press release from the Edwards Middle School:

We are very happy to announce that the Edwards Middle School football team won the middle school City Championship game on Tuesday, November 22 !!!

It was a hard fought battle against the Orchard Gardens. We were not in the lead until the final seconds of the game.

The OG scored first to take a 6-0 lead. Edwards Running Back Israel Vega ran in for a touchdown to tie the game at 6-6. The OG answered once again to go ahead 12-6. Trevon Coleman caught a short pass from Anthony Flamingo and ran 50 yards to score a touchdown tying the game for the Eagles at 12-12. Orchard Gardens returned the next kick for a touchdown to go up 18-12 with less than 2 minutes left in the game. On 4th down with 15 yards to go Head Coach John Rice called a run play to Trevon Coleman who broke open and ran 60 yards to score and tie the game at 18-18. Israel Vega followed up by smashing his way into the end zone to score a two point conversion and seal the game for us with a 20-18 victory. The Orchard Gardens had a final possession to try to score, but the Eagles defense stopped them as the final seconds ticked off of the game clock.

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Eastie outlasts Southie, wins North title

Photos by Patrick O’Connor.

By Patrick Flaherty, BPSsports Correspondent

JAMAICA PLAIN — It’s a game between two of the most proud neighborhoods in the city of Boston.  It’s a game that has been played since 1901.  It’s a game that is held at historic White Stadium.

The East Boston vs. South Boston Thanksgiving Day football clash has always been a contest engulfed in history and tradition.  But in the 2011 high school football season, this game carried even more significance this time around.

A spot in the playoffs was on the line.

Both the East Boston Jets and the South Boston Knights came into Thanksgiving morning at 4-0 in the Boston North, which meant the winner would earn the right to face the Blue Hills Warriors on Tuesday night in the Division 4A playoffs.

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Latin feasts on English

Photos by Patrick O’Connor

By Evan Freedman, BPSsports.com Correspondent

CAMBRIDGE —  Boston Latin and Boston English took the field for the 125th time this morning at Harvard Stadium.  English came in upset-minded, and after a scoreless first quarter, it looked like they might have had a fighter’s chance.  But Latin scored 22 points in the second quarter, and struggling English did not have enough offensive firepower to keep pace.

On the strength of five touchdown runs longer than 30 yards, the Wolfpack downed the Blue and Blue, 50-0.

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Latin and English rivalry continues Thursday

By Patrick O’Connor, BPSsports Correspondent

Boston English and Boston Latin meet again on Thanksgiving Day.  The 125th edition will kick off at 10 a.m. at venerable Harvard Stadium. The oldest high school rivalry in the nation dates back to 1887.  Overall, Latin leads the contest with a record of 75-36-13.

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South Boston and East Boston will battle for playoff spot

By Patrick O’Connor, BPSsports Correspondent

The 94th matchup between South Boston High and East Boston High will be at 9:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning at White Stadium.

Both teams have had great seasons and the outcome of the game will decide the Boston North league title as well as advancing to play Blue Hills in a Division 4A playoff game on Tuesday.

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Charlestown High and Latin Academy will rumble on Thanksgiving

 

By Patrick O’Connor, BPSsports Correspondent

The annual Thanksgiving Day clash between Charlestown and Latin Academy takes place at in Charlestown at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

Charlestown (Division 4A/Boston North) is 3-6 and hopes to give the Latin Academy Dragons a hard time on the home field.  Led by fourth season Coach Darrell Ramsey, the Townies got off to a good start defeating Burke and West Roxbury and then lost the next four.  The last win occurred on Oct. 28 with a 34-8 victory against English High.

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Madison Park set to take on O’Bryant on Thanksgiving

By Patrick O’Connor, BPSsports Correspondent

Madison Park and O’Bryant, two schools that share the same campus and athletic fields, will clash at 10 a.m. on Thursday morning.

The Madison Park Cardinals, led by head coach Roosevelt Robinson are 5-3.  The O’Byrant Tigers, led by headcoach Kevin Gadson, are 6-3.

 

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Coach Philip signs off at Brighton High after 30 years

By Justin A. Rice

Roaming the sidelines for Brighton High for the last 30 years, usually with his trademark toothpick in his mouth, James Philip never measured success in wins and loses.

“I’m out there teaching, I try to teach young people to play football, grow up, get in shape, work together, learn the rules of the game and hopefully have success,” Philip said a day after losing his final game as Brighton’s coach on Friday to West Roxbury, 22-18. “I don’t know my record as a head coach. I bet you dollars to donuts I’ve lost twice as much as I’ve won.”

That’s not to say the 68-year-old, who is also retiring from his job as a history teacher at Brighton High at the end of the school year, hasn’t had winning teams on the football field. Philip led the Bengals to four Super Bowls in five years (2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010), winning in 2007 with a perfect 12-0 record.

And now, after a total of 42 years of coaching and teaching, Philip says “it’s time” to move on, although he’s not exactly sure what he will move on to.

“Forty-two years of being in the classroom, that’s enough, it’s time to make room for young people,” said Philip, who noted that he taught at coached at Newton North for two years before joining the Brighton staff. “I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, I truly love teaching but I want to get on with the rest of my life

“My goal is to be retired for at least as long as a worked, 42 years,” he said. “I don’t have any special plans, I don’t know exactly what I’ll do. I’ll figure out something but it’s going to be happening later than 7:30 in the morning.”

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Westie beats Brighton, Philip coaches final game

By Patrick Flaherty, BPSsports Correspondent

JAMAICA PLAIN — West Roxbury came into their final game of the 2011 football season at 2-7, but they saved their best performance for last, as they came from behind to beat the Brighton Bengals 22-18 at White Stadium on Friday.

The Bengals came into the game as the heavy favorite, coming in at 5-4, and looked like the better squad early on.  On Brighton’s first play from scrimmage, Johnathan Marrero connected with Chris Desenaro for a 58 yard touchdown score.  The Bengals were unable to earn the 2 point conversion, which would be a costly habit throughout the game.

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